Madison Heck crossed the finish line and landed on cloud nine.
The Todd Beamer junior was all smiles after her 100 hurdles final at the WIAA 4A state track meet at Mount Tahoma High School last weekend.
“[I’m] on cloud nine,” Heck said of her fourth-place finish on May 24. “I’ve been going to state since freshman year and it’s nice to finally get the opportunity to show my full potential and just have fun and run my race.”
Preparation for the state meet has been stressful, Heck said. In her prelim race on May 23, Heck described how her start from the blocks was off — nerves got the best of her.
“I was a mess,” she said with a laugh. “Prelims I had a really rough race.”
Despite her doubt, Heck advanced to Friday night finals and finished fourth in the 100 hurdles with a time of 14.91.
“Coming into this I knew ‘OK, you just have to go out there and give it your all, run your best race, and that’s all you can do,’” she said. “To run that race and do well and have a good finish … It felt awesome.”
Todd Beamers’ 4X200 relay (senior Dallas Wright, senior Kinidy Dayley, sophomore Kemarra Hardwell and junior Madison Heck) took seventh in state with their time of 1:45.64.
Federal Way senior Makiya Worthy took fourth in the 200 (25.53). Senior Esther Brutus was fourth in the 300 hurdles with a personal record of 45.52.
Thomas Jefferson sophomore Dyvhon Fonoti placed eighth in the discus throw (122-07) and 10th in the shot put (36.02.½)
Tahoma’s girls team swept state, running away the state championship title with 98.5 points, followed by Lake Stevens in second (45 points) and Kentwood in third (43 points).
Federal Way boys finished fourth in state as a team with 38 points, behind Camas (third, 44 points), Tahoma (second, 47 points), and state champions Walla Walla (50 points).
Federal Way senior Marcus Eubanks took second in the 200 (22.30), second in the 300 hurdles (personal-best of 37.91) and fourth in the 110 hurdles (14.84).
He also anchored the 4X100 relay — with junior Alphonso Williams, junior Anthony Frazier and freshman Isaiah Davis — to third place in 42.81.
Williams, Davis, senior Colton Low and Frazier, the anchor, made the podium with a fifth in the 4X400 relay (3:26.45).
Frazier finished seventh in the 200 with a time of 22.78.
Eagles junior James Akinlosotu stretched 45-3.¼ to finish third in the triple jump.
Decatur junior Andres Diangco was seventh in the 110 hurdles (15.08) and senior Jeremiah Palaita threw a personal-best 147-8 to finish seventh in the wind-blown discus final.
Decatur junior Christopher Santana-Suarez took fifth in the 200 (22.58).